Piper Seminole as Jet Deterrent


Last week, a man was arrested and charged with three counts, one each for several times deliberately flying his aircraft into the path of a jet, last May, according to UPI. Thomas Bancroft Shaffer is alleged to have flown a Piper Seminole into the path of a Brazilian Embraer ERJ-170 three separate times, while the jet was attempting to conduct landing tests. Shaffer owns Silver Express, a Part 141 flight school that operates out of Kendall-Tamiami airport in Florida. Investigators have now concluded that his actions were deliberate and imposed on himself, those on the jet and those on the ground imminent danger.

Investigators did not, however, suggest any motivation that would cause Shaffer, a supporter of plans to expand Kendall-Tamiami, to have behaved in the manner alleged.